Dear friends of Berkeley Journalism, It’s an irony of the pandemic that at the same time many of us face a daily regimen of confinement and isolation, we are part of a worldwide fellowship comprising billions of people to whom we’re inextricably joined. We huddle alone yet shape our futures together. There’s some comfort…

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  November 26, 2019 Dear friends of Berkeley Journalism, Briefly overshadowed by the now seasonal reminder of environmental vulnerability, when power outages prompted by the threat of widened wildfires forced campus to close, the fall brought renewed evidence of accomplishment among the School’s students, teachers and alumni. Berkeley Journalism led a state-wide collaboration of 30…

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Dear friends of Berkeley Journalism, Our Spring Welcome visit, which gives recently admitted applicants a chance to see the School up close so they can decide if they want to come, is a powerful reminder of just how strong the appeal of journalism remains. Despite the anti-media cynicism and disparagement that they’ve grown up with,…

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November 8, 2018 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: It has been a nervous time at the School in the run-up to the U.S. elections, the news of mailed bombs, a murdered journalist in Istanbul and the slaughter in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and, for our day jobs, trying to create and refine new journalistic forms…

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2018 Commencement

June 6, 2018 Greetings from North Gate Hall: At a time when the civic mission of the news media is under assault, the rise of the #MeToo movement reminds all of us of the transformative power journalism can have when determined reporters ignore decades of neglect and expose practices that systematically disadvantage millions of people.…

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March 22, 2018 Greetings from North Gate Hall: Spring Welcome is the annual visit of students whom we’ve admitted, and it’s our chance to pitch the School to a lustrous group of aspiring journalists. It’s also a look ahead at the state of the profession in the years to come, something I’m often asked about…

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November 17, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Fall is here, the air is crisp and fresh and, thankfully, the sharp smell from the devastating fires to the north of us has faded. Even while we remain in a defensive crouch–alongside many of you in this bizarre political culture, where journalism’s legitimacy is in…

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June 21, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: After a raucous year of political shocks, which continue to raise tough questions about the kind of journalism the times demand, it’d be nice to report that we’re all getting some year-end repose under the friendly Northern California sun, admiring the wisteria abloom in the courtyard.…

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March 30, 2017 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: Keeping up with the flood of news about our students, teachers and alums is one of the true pleasures of this job. The latest happenings include a continuing cascade of honors for our journalists, a two-week Robert Frank photography show that brought hundreds to North Gate Hall,…

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November 16, 2016 Warm greetings from North Gate Hall: The fall term is hurtling toward an unusually eventful close. The electoral outcome not only triggered fevered talk about press failings, social media power, and the need for a courageous Fourth Estate. It also touched off several nights of raucous street protest in Oakland, which J-students…

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